Are you a researcher with an interest in citizen or community science (c*science) but aren’t sure where to start? Or, are you well familiar with the opportunities and challenges of this kind of research and eager to share with others?
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At this year’s May C*Sci Conference, a dedicated strand of symposia, talks, and posters will address the challenges, lessons learned, and pathways forged to partner effectively for real-world research (made possible with support from the National Science Foundation grant number OAC 1835530). While the symposia will highlight case studies in three broad areas, the research approaches, technologies, engagement strategies, and lessons learned can help inspire and advance project partnerships in any domain.
This conference is a rare venue where connections are made not just across disciplines, but also with all areas of expertise needed for successful C*Science. Want to know how librarians can help you engage new participants? Struggling with questions about the ethics of data privacy or ownership? Need to find someone to evaluate participant learning outcomes? Trying to make a better space for this work in your home institution? This event convenes experts addressing these concerns and many other, opening the door to new resources, practices, and collaborators.
Presentation ideas on these and other topics related to c*science practices are welcome – the call for abstracts is
open through 27 January 2023, EXTENDED through 30 January 2023, and the process to submit is easy. If you are a research scientist (including graduate students) who has successfully used C*Science methods in Earth and Space Sciences; Biology, Biomedical and Health Sciences; or Ecology and Environmental Sciences, please consider submitting to share your work directly to this special strand, and join colleagues across these disciplines to share strategies for scientific success.